HIV virus, or human immunodeficiency virus, is spread through engaging in an unsafe sex or sharing needles with other people who might be infected with HIV. There are all sorts of fluids roaming through our body, from blood, semen, rectal and vaginal fluids, and breast milk in women, and they can all transmit the HIV virus if the person they are coming from is infected with this sexually transmitted disease. In general, most people who get infected with the human immunodeficiency virus are the ones who are practicing unsafe sex with people who are infected with HIV, and anal sex is one of the sexual contacts that creates the highest risk when it comes to spreading and getting infected with HIV. Also, having multiple sexual partners can enhance the risk of you getting infected with this disease. HIV can also be spread in pregnancy if the mother is infected with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, which can then be transmitted to the child at birth or before that. Other ways include needles that are already contaminated with the virus and are being shared among people, but you can also get the infection through blood transfusions, which is less common today as all the blood from transfusions is going through rigorous checks, and possibly donated organs and such. Of course, all open wounds that are made by an HIV infected person can cause the infection in the one who gets bitten, for example.
How Can You Get HIV?
HIV can’t survive long outside the body, it is a virus, and viruses need hosts in order to grow and multiply. HIV virus can be detected in bodily fluids, such as semen, blood, cum and many others, so the risk of getting infected with HIV through any kind of sexual contact is very high, including anal, vaginal, and oral sex, but the one that presents the most risks of getting infected is anal sex. You can also get infected with this dangerous virus by sharing needles in drug use for example, and the above-mentioned blood transfusions and such, which is today highly unlikely. Also, if you suffer from some other sexually transmitted disease, like chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis, it can enhance your risks of getting infected with HIV, a human immunodeficiency virus, because your immune system has already been weakened with these other sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV just adds to that whole situation, so to speak. It is also important to know that you can’t get HIV virus through standard contact like shaking hands, sitting on a toilet seat, or touching doorknobs and other items, because there has to be a clear way in into your body for the virus to inhabit it and start multiplying.
Men who have sex with other men are at great risk of getting infected with HIV virus, especially if practicing unsafe sex and if they are not using condoms. Statistics say that, on the other hand, woman-to-woman sexual contact is a low risk of getting infected, because vaginal fluids may contain the virus, and the exposure to those can potentially lead to infection.